Project X - Model 007 Miyamoto ELITEBe the first one to write a review
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MADE TO ORDER
FOLDED Blade with FREE Dragon Horimono and Mother of Pearl Saya Upgrades (valued at $125).
Premium Quality, Master Smith Forged Soshu Kitae O-Katana blade with a large variety of FREE customization options available. Due to complex nature of the Soshu Kitae lamination and the difficulty of making these blades to our high standards, please allow 3 to 4 months for completion.
About the Model 007 Katana
A stunning design with ALL the bells and whistles, the Miyamoto Elite packs in almost every possible upgrade - with a FOLDED Steel Blade, and then two FREE upgrades, the Dragon Horimono Engraving on the blade and the stunning Dragon Mother of Pearl design on the premium saya - saving you $125 in exchange for only one type of blade length (29") and handle length (10.5") though you are free to change the tsuba and koshirae (but not the saya for obvious reasons, or a bo-hi, as that space is taken up by the horimono).
But when you see how well it all comes together, with the iconic '9 rings' tsuba designed by the legendary Sword Master Miyamoto Musashi - also sporting a Dragon Theme - you'll probably not really want to change a thing about the default design.
To properly compliment the beauty of the subtly folded blade with lively hamon and lamination lines, all fittings used are the best quality available - real silk ito wraps with hishigami triangles used for extra tightness and perfectly even lines, buffalo horn inserts on all saya, FULL premium quality rayskin wraps (frequently with at least one prominent emperor node) - in short, no expenses are spared to ensure the end result is the absolute best of breed for any sword near this price point.
As each sword in the Project X series is made to order, most models allow various customization options so you can personalize the design without losing its theme or accidentally creating a rather ugly or bad handling sword. Customization is free and you can either leave the design as the default, customize it a little or customize it a lot. The choice is yours and you really can't go wrong - and if you want to you can also mix and match components that you like from other swords in the series.
About Project X Japanese
Quite simply, Project X is a collaborative effort between Ronin Katana, SBG and Longquan's top sword forge - all working together to create arguably some of the the absolute best quality Katana ever made outside of Japan.
The blades are hand forged by Certified Master Smiths in the Soshu Kitae tradition (seven panel steel). This school was developed by the legendary and all time greatest Japanese smith Masamune, and combines panels of hard, medium, and soft steels.
TYPES OF KATANA LAMINATION
Soshu Kitae Lamination - far right. It is by far the most complex and desirable lamination technique.
The core of the blade is formed from softer, more malleable steel giving it exceptional flexibility. A layer of slightly harder steel is bonded to each side of the core to add support. The last layers are a very hard steel bonded to the top, bottom, and both sides of the core forming the ha (cutting edge) mune (back edge) and shinogi-ji (blade flats). This form of laminar construction provided for a sword that could be sharpened to a razor edge due to the hardened steed used for the ha, but was extremely resilient to battle damage due to its softer more flexible core.
As a by product of the process, the blade features not only a hamon, but also attractive lamination lines, resulting in a very active and attractive blade with interplay between the lamination lines and hamon. Like a fingerprint, each blade is unique and has its own distinctive patterning.
The quality of the swords in the Project X series do not end with the blade - each is complimented with premium fittings across the board with no expenses spared. For example, each sword in the series has a rare FULL Samegawa rayskin base for added tsuka core integrity and is wrapped with premium grade silk ito using the traditional and time intensive hishigami technique, twisting each knot alternatively. Combined with the full same wrap, the end result is an extremely tight and even handle binding. But the upgrades do not end there, all Project X Katana swords have every upgrade possible - such as additional coatings of lacquer on the saya for a richer, more durable sheen, buffalo horn saya fittings, thick, ultra strong sageo - solid iron fuchigashira - you name it, these swords have it, creating the ultimate complete package.
I personally endorse these swords as the best of the best available anywhere near this price point, and in September 2012 went to the forge in Longquan to oversee production and was very happy with the results (In the gallery you can see some pictures of me inspecting the finished blades).
After several years of occasional and sporadic offerings and a further 2 years of hard work trying to convince the forge to 'go direct' and allow customized, made to order and shipped direct to the customer - we finally had a breakthrough. And in mid 2019, the first trial run of a custom made to order began.
At $1,100 they are not for everyone - but the value for money factor is off the scale - typically you would pay at least twice as much for a sword like this, but that is not how SBG does business.. Instead, we mark up the price just enough to cover our costs and stay in business allowing discerning collectors to get the best around for considerably less than what the true market value would otherwise be for such a high quality sword.
Add in the ability to tweak and customize almost every aspect of the blade and the fittings and its not just amazing value, it's next level. In short:
If you want the best - THIS is it..
For more information please read the full article and overview of the Project here: Full Details and Project Overview
Each Project X Katana is made to order and as such, most can also be customized to taste. Though instead of total free for all customization which can result in an ugly or unwieldy design - each product only comes with a carefully chosen selection of custom options that will enhance and personalize the theme without destroying it.
Most customizations are exclusive to that particular sword design, though if you want to go totally freestyle, simply email us with what you have in mind and we will see what we can do. Otherwise, to customize your sword, change the desired component from default to the item that you would like it to be changed to and submit your order.
Here are the customization options:
1) Custom Tsuba and fittings
2) Custom Menuki
3) Black or White Rayskin
4) Optional Extra: Folded steel (in addition to Soshu Kitae lamination and Choji hamon)
After you have selected your desired blade and handle length, it is time to select a tsuba. The default is the Dragon Musashi themed fittings set but you can mix it up with any other fittings set as desired.
Iron or Work hardened copper fitting sets
All of the tsuba below come with a complete matching set of fittings for a consistent theme. High resolutions of the front and back of each of these fitting sets is available HERE on a dedicated page on our store blog (link opens in a new window).
Custom Menuki (handle ornaments)
By default this design comes with a brass dragon themed menuki set, but feel free to change it to something more personal from the selection below.
Black or White Rayskin
White Rayskin was more common than black, and when using a premium quality FULL wrap of rayskin underneath with large nodes (and quite possibly an Emperor node or two), the black version loses some of the beauty of the wrap, but the coolness factor of black on black fittings may make up for this - the choice is yours.
MORE Optional (Paid) Extras
This sword already comes with almost every upgrade included - a subtly folded blade, Dragon Horimono engraving and Mother of Pearl Saya. The only upgrade it doesn't have is the leather wrap ito option.
Additional FREE minor customizations and tweaks:
Some additional minor customizations are possible - though as our priority is getting you EXACTLY what you ordered, they should be kept to a minimum to ensure the process is as standardized as it can possibly be to avoid mistakes and keep prices as low as humanly possible. While the customizations offered are designed to ensure that each sword sticks to an aesthetically pleasing and historically plausible theme, if you want to mix and match - you can.
Possible additional customizations include but are not limited to:
- Kanji engraving on the tang - of the smiths name or your choice of characters (up to 4 maximum)
- Gyaku Menuki placement
- Left handed saya mounting
- Using fittings from a different Project X Katana model (select 'other' and enter the desired fittings in the 'Additional Requests' field)
- Unsharpened blade for iaido
Additional customizations requests and minor tweaks can be entered in the text box just above the order button. If you are not sure, please contact us before ordering (and the order can also be modified within the first couple of days after it is placed BEFORE the forge starts work on it).
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CUSTOMIZATIONS THAT ARE NOT POSSIBLE
To be able to make this sword available at the price it is sold for, the blades all need to be the same length and same style. As with all the swords in Project X, specific types of hamon or different lamination styles other than Soshu Kiate are not possible.
If in doubt, please contact us before ordering to confirm - if possible please keep additional customization requests simple and limit to one or two at the absolute most. Unlike some other sellers who claim to offer fully customized swords and promise they can do anything you could possibly desire (and deliver something almost unrecognizable) - we prefer to keep it simple and just deliver what we promise.